After months upon months of planning, plotting, working and hiatuses of various length, I'm very pleased to be kicking off my first fully fleshed out timeline, The Manchurian Candidate: Asia and the Wider World. This thread will serve as the centerpoint of my timeline and the continuining development process, inspired by Our Fair Country timeline by @Kanan as well as Hail, Britannia by @LeinadB93 and A Shining Valley by @Planita13 (I hope they don't mind me plugging them, but they absolutely deserve your attention if they don't already have it) - after so many months, if not years, of following these threads closely, I've decided to take the plunge and see if I can give back to the community by hopefully making something that people can follow along with and enjoy as well!
The Timeline's POD is in 1915, and centers around Yuan Shikai and the National Protection War which was sparked by his declaration of a new Chinese Empire, with him as Emperor. Needless to say, the details of exactly what happened will be expounded upon in short time, but a key focus of the timeline will be on the inter-Dynastic relations between the rump Qing state (more widely known ITTL as Manchuria), which is deep in the process of Democratic reforms, and the Chinese Empire, which remains mostly authoritarian and undemocratic. The name of the series reflects this focus, and as will be examined in due time, the first really free and fair elections in Manchuria are filled with pretty significant intrigue as rumors of Chinese influence in the electoral process swirl - thus, in a lot of ways, the title's reference to the classic movie of the same name is pretty fitting.
While the thread's main focus will start in Asia, I have plans and maps already drawn up for the rest of the world (fulfilling the 'wider world' portion of the timeline's title), and I'm really excited to show everyone here what this world looks like. I hope you'll join me for the journey!
I'm pretty new to this, and not everything is finalized, so I'd appreciate any pointers, advice or ideas everyone may have to offer!